Join us for these annual Monmouth County Park System Special Events & Races. Applications for races can be downloaded using Adobe Reader. If you have trouble opening an application, please call 732-842-4000.

2016 DATES  

Seashore Open House

Sunday, January 24 from 1-4 p.m. 
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
It may be winter but, you can still enjoy some time at the beach. The Activity Center is a great place to bring back memories of the summer or to learn more about the seashore. Stop in during our Open House for seashore fun. You can even create a beach keepsake to take with you! FREE! 

WinterFest 

Saturday, January 30 from 1-5 p.m.  
Thompson Park, Lincroft 
Celebrates the fun that winter brings with ice skating, wagon rides, cross-country skiing and so much more during this family-friendly festival. Admission, parking and most activities are free.

Program Directory Release

Fridays, February 5, February 26, April 29, July 22 & October 28 
Meet new friends, learn a new craft or outdoor skill, explore nature or a museum through the many programs, activities, and events listed in the Monmouth County Park System's Program Directory. Pick up a free copy at your local county park or library. Or, have the most recent edition mailed directly to your home. Call 732-842-4000, ext 4313 to receive a copy or email us. (free)

E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Sunday, March 6 at 9 a.m.        
13.1 mile course loops through the residential sections of Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck.  
Race starts at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. 
For information, call 732-542-1642, ext. 23.
2016 Results        

Spring Plant Swap 

Saturday, April 23 
Hours: To allow for plant inspection per N. J. Department of Agriculture regulations, plant intake will be 8:30-10 a.m., with no plants accepted after 10 a.m. Plants may be selected and checked out from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
   
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown   
Calling all Gardeners! It's time for the Spring Plant Swap. It's fun, free, easy. Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Herb and vegetable seedlings may also be exchanged. For information, call 732-671-6050.

Spring Craft Show 

Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Tatum Park Red Hill Activity Center, Middletown  
Find the perfect home decoration or gift during this craft show. 
Food Vendor Application for the 2016 Spring Craft Show  

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24 from 12-3 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel    
Step back into the 1890s and experience Victorian era farm life.  This annual demonstration allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer. FREE!

Earth Day Activities  

         Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Creative Arts & Music Festival 

Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1  from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft   
This juried arts festival features fine artists from all mediums including pottery, jewelry, photography and painting. Learn more.
Food Vendor Application for the 2016 Creative Arts & Music Festival    

Walnford Day

Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold    
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the past while learning about the evolution of this small village, plantation, and country estate through hands-on activities. Historic Walnford features a late 19th century gristmill, the 18th century Waln family home, a carriage house, and an assortment of farm buildings.  For more information, please call 609-259-6275.  Admission and parking are free.  

7 Prez SK8 Jam   

Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch        
Join us for this amateur skateboarding contest at the recently refurbished Skateplex. Registration for the competition available online.  Local skateboard and food vendors will be on hand.  

 Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market

Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  
Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.   
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck    
Come and browse our vendors to find that one-of-a-kind or "green" item you didn't even know you needed.   Please note that vendors are no longer being accepted for the June 18th offering.
Food Vendor Application for the 2016 Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market 
Vendor Application for the 2016 Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market   

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 27-31  
Times to be announced.    
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold   
Enjoy the old-fashioned fun of this country fair, including 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks, home and garden competitions, and other special attractions.

9/11 Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

Friday, September 11
Mt. Mitchill Scenic Overlook, Atlantic Highlands   
Join us for a remembrance ceremony at the site of Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial. 

Wind & Sea Festival 

Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth 
From boating to kiting and so much in between, discover all the fun that the wind and the sea provide.  Admission and parking are free.
Food Vendor Application for the 2016 Wind & Sea Festival 
Exhibitor Application for the 2016 Wind & Sea Festival     

Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 24      
Hours: To allow for plant inspection per N. J. Department of Agriculture regulations, plant intake will be 8:30-10 a.m., with no plants accepted after 10 a.m. Plants may be selected and checked out from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown   
Calling all Gardeners! It's time for the Fall Plant Swap. It's fun, free, easy. Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Houseplants are also welcomed. For information, call 732-671-6050.

Harvest Home Festival

Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel      
An old-fashioned fair reminiscent of the 1890s.  Visitors can enjoy wagon rides, games and live entertainment.  There is also ongoing crafts demonstrations and a Home & Garden competition. Admission and parking are free.  
Food Vendor Application for the 2016 Harvest Home Festival    

Timberbrook Triathlon

Saturday, October 8 at 8:30 a.m.    
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell    
Something different for athletes who like a challenge. First, complete a 3 mile run. Next, canoe or kayak 2 miles. Then, you finish as you take your mountain bike for a 5-mile ride. The natural scenery of this 1,200 acre facility provides an exceptional setting for the event. (fee)   Online registration available.
       

Thompson Park Day

Sunday, October 16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Thompson Park, Lincroft        
Celebrate fall by attending this festival which features pumpkin painting, a Scarecrow Contest, wagon rides, food vendors, crafts, entertainment & Strut Your Mutt Dog Costume Contest. (Admission & parking are free, some activities have a fee.)
Food Vendor Application for 2016 Thompson Park Day   
Make & Take Vendor Application for 2016 Thompson Park Day   

Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race

Saturday, November 5 at 8 & 9:30 a.m.
Tatum Park, Middletown     
Try this exciting race for beginners (7.5 miles) or more experienced riders (11.25 miles), challenge the open fields and woodlands of Tatum Park. (fee) | 2016 Application    

Fall Craft Show 

Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls  
Get a jump on your holiday shopping during this craft show. 

Student/Instructor Show & Sale

Saturday, December 3 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  
Sunday, December 4 from 12-4 p.m.  
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft   
This event celebrates the original artwork of students and instructors. Admission and parking are free.